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When there is too much of a particular nutrient, certain plants or algae can dominate a system.  Phosphorus is one of the primary water quality challenges in Lake Champlain. 


Runoff from roads and developed areas, and from lawns, farmlands, and other rural areas (called nonpoint sources) contribute more than 90% of the phosphorus.


While it sometimes may seem that the actions of one person will not make much difference, the little things we do each day—the little decisions we make can collectively have a huge impact in improving the quality of our environment. 


Save the Lake Tips

    § Install a rain barrel and/or a rain garden.

§ Wash your car on the lawn with non-phosphorus soap.

§ Test your lawn and garden soil before fertilizing & use phosphorus free fertilizers.

§ Eliminate or reduce the application of pesticides on your lawn and garden.

§ Do not rake your yard waste into nearby streams, lakes or stormwater gutters. Leave grass clippings as mulch on your lawn.

§ Pick up and dispose of pet waste in the garbage.

§ Properly maintain your septic system.

§ Keep motorized items in good working order.

§ Learn how to properly dispose of all wastes on the CSWD website.

§ Use environmentally sound cleaning products.


Lake-Friendly Cleaning

Many common household cleaners are toxic to Lake Champlain, people, pets and the environment. Try these environment friendly recipes for a clean home and a clean outdoors!

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